ONS: 10 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Eritrean government blamed a US ‘conspiracy’ for the deaths of more than 300 people last week in a shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
  • AMERICAS: President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to be the first chairwoman of the Federal Reserve.
  • ASIA: The 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) opened in Brunei.
  • EUROPE: The Azeri opposition said it would challenge President Aliyev’s victory in an election it said was marred by irregularities
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian parliament denied reports that the country has a surplus of enriched uranium it plans to use as a bargaining tool at nuclear talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Leaders from media organizations met in China at the World Media Summit (WMS) to discuss emerging media challenges.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Libya: PM abducted, then released, by gunmen in Tripoli.
    • PM Zeidan was taken before dawn by approximately 100 gunmen from Tripoli’s Corinthia Hotel.
    • The government reported that PM Zeidan was later freed, but had no details of his release.
    • The Operations Cell of Libyan Revolutionaries said it had “arrested” PM Zeidan under orders from the public prosecutor.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen and British FS Hague had called for his immediate release.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, DPA, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The AU called for international assistance to facilitate the international support mission in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: A suicide bomber killed three soldiers and one policeman at an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Eritrea: The government blamed a US ‘conspiracy’ for the deaths of more than 300 people last week in a shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa. (AFP)
  • Libya: Three men were killed in clashes at a military checkpoint 20 km west of Tripoli. (Xinhua)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos ordered the military to reinforce its offensive against the southern and eastern blocs of the FARC. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to be the first chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. (AP)
  • Venezuela: FM Jaua said the county will move toward a “new stage in bilateral economic ties” with Bolivia. (Xinhua)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: The 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) opened in Brunei. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: NATO SG Rasmussen rejected President Karzai’s view that the presence of international troops in his country caused much suffering but achieved few gains. (AP)
  • Korea, North: State media confirmed that the nation’s hardline military chief was replaced only a few months after his appointment by Ri Yong Gil. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb in Anarkali bazaar in Lahore killed one and wounded 13. (AFP)
  • Philippines: US Secretary Kerry announced he was postponing a visit to the country due to a typhoon. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish PM Erdogan and Ukrainian President Yanukovych met to discuss bilateral relations. (Xinhua)
  • Azerbaijan: The opposition said it would challenge President Aliyev’s victory in an election it said was marred by irregularities. (Reuters)
  • Bosnia: The government and the OSCE signed an agreement on launching a project to secure ammunition storage sites in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Bulgaria: The conservative GERB opposition party said it will bring before parliament next week a second motion of no confidence in PM Oresharski. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The parliament denied reports that the country has a surplus of enriched uranium it plans to use as a bargaining tool at nuclear talks. (BBC)
  • Iraq: At least 19 people were killed and 27 wounded in separate attacks across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The Ministry of Justice announced it executed 42 convicted prisoners during the past seven days over terror charges. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Chief Uzumcu said the government is working constructively with the international team overseeing the destruction of the nation’s chemical weapons. (CNN)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Leaders from media organizations met in China at the World Media Summit (WMS) to discuss emerging media challenges. (Xinhua)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02B (Phailin)
    • Location: 485 NM SSE of Kolkata, India
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 24W (Nari)
    • Location: 321 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: several hundred miles SW of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: SSW of Acapulco
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Narda
    • Location: 1315 mi WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WSW at 2 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 04OCT: 136 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 04OCT: 58 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11OCT)

  • Global: 2013 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (to 13OCT).
  • Global: President Obama to address 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
  • Africa: African Union leaders will debate the continent’s relationship with the International Crime Court at a special summit.

 

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